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COVID19: CUTTING OUR WAGES WILL AFFECT NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE – PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS

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Premier League Footballers represented by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) have argued that reducing their salaries by 30% as suggested by Premeirship clubs will negatively affect as tax revenue for the National Health Service will reduce significantly.

A video meeting was called on Saturday between the Premier League, its players, representatives and the PFA in an effort to resolve the situation surrounding wages.

Premier League clubs on Friday conveyed their move to Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) over a 30% player-pay deferral plan, via a video conference in which they also sanctioned a £125 million grant to clubs in the EFL and National League and a £20m donation to the National Health Service (NHS) to support the battle against the coronavirus.

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The talks on Saturday were not described as a negotiation and no decision was expected to be taken, but the PFA issued a lengthy statement, not attributed to any official, which questioned the logic of the league’s stance.

“The players are mindful that… the combined tax on their salaries is a significant contribution to funding essential public services – which are especially critical at this time,” the statement said.

“Taking a 30% salary deduction will cost the Exchequer substantial sums. This would be detrimental to our NHS and other government-funded services.”

The PFA added that the proposed 30% salary deduction over a 12-month period would equate to over £500 million ($613m) in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the government.

“What effect does this loss of earning to the government mean for the NHS? Was this considered in the Premier League proposal and did the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock factor this in when asking players to take a salary cut?” the union asked in their statement.

Hancock, said on Thursday that Premier League players need to take a pay cut and “play their part” during the pandemic. His comments came after intense public pressure to accept pay deferrals in the wake of Tottenham and Newcastle furloughing non-playing staff, at the same time as maintaining player wages at their usual level.

The PFA, which is mainly funded via Premier League broadcast revenue payments, said that the players wanted to provide financial help.

“All Premier League players want to, and will, play their part in making significant financial contributions in these unprecedented times,” the statement said.

“All Premier League players fully appreciate their role and responsibilities in society during this current crisis. They care deeply for those who are suffering with loss, health and hardship at the moment.”

The union said that the players want to ensure their financial contributions support the clubs they play for, non-playing staff, lower league clubs and the NHS.

The Premier League, like the rest of the high profile competitions across Europe, is suspended with no definitive date set for a return.

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